So. Md. Her­itage Area Con­sor­tium an­nounces new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor

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The South­ern Maryland Her­itage Area Con­sor­tium (SMHAC) was es­tab­lished in 2004 to pre­serve the her­itage of South­ern Maryland through quality tourism, cul­tural and nat­u­ral re­source con­ser­va­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. In its first 12 years, SMHAC has be­come a leader in preser­va­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port­ing re­gional pri­or­i­ties.

To ful­fill its mis­sion into the fu­ture, and to en­hance its role as a model for her­itage area de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity, SMHAC an­nounced re­cently that Lu­cille Ward Walker has been se­lected as the new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the or­ga­ni­za­tion. She comes to the di­rec­tor­ship with an ex­ten­sive back­ground in se­nior level man­age­ment, cre­at­ing in­no­va­tive part­ner­ships, pro­posal writ­ing, grant man­age­ment, pro­mo­tion and plan­ning, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

A na­tive Mary­lan­der, Walker re­lo­cated in the 1990s to Athens, Ga., where she be­came the in­terim di­rec­tor of

foun­da­tion re­la­tions for the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia (after hav­ing served as the as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of both foun­da­tion and cor­po­rate re­la­tions for the univer­sity). While there she had noted fundrais­ing suc­cess, and spe­cial­ized in es­tab­lish­ing and co­or­di­nat­ing a va­ri­ety of part­ner­ships.

Walker re­turned to Maryland in the 2000s, and her work in­cluded as­sist­ing the South­ern Maryland Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC) as a con­sul­tant and busi­ness plan writer. She de­vel­oped mar­ket driven analy­ses of farm and busi­ness op­er­a­tions within the South­ern Maryland re­gion, sup­port­ing in­di­vid­ual farm­ers with strate­gic goals for max­i­mum growth and sus­tain­abil­ity.

Most re­cently, Walker es­tab­lished her own con­sult­ing busi­ness and con­tin­ued to work with a num­ber of or­ga­ni­za­tions in the re­gion, with an em­pha­sis on des­ti­na­tion mar­ket­ing, land use and preser­va­tion, cul­tural her­itage, and ed­u­ca­tional and in­ter­pre­tive pro­gram de­vel­op­ment.

The new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor will have her of­fices in the Tri-County Coun­cil Build­ing, 15045 Burnt Store Road, Hugh­esville.

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